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benedict xvi making his final official speech to the public before stepping down just over 24 hours from now. at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, he becomes the first pope in centuries to resign. and he's leaving behind a vatican really at a cross roads. the catholic church facing difficult challenges and also opportunities as it moves forward. now, as i say, usually when there's a transition and we've covered it so many times, well, not so many times, but the last one i was here, and that was because a pope died. john paul ii died after living his last years infirmed and in visible pain. now we have a transition, we have a living pope. you're not watching a funeral before the next pope is elected. you're not watching the world's heads of state come here to pay their respects to the departed pope. you're seeing a much different kind of transition. john al whlen, what is pope benedict going to do the rest of the day? >> normally the wednesday audience, the pope gives religious instruction rooted in scripture. but today i would imagine that knowing the momentous nature of what's happening, it's probabl
and makes us new." just ahead, benedict's health, his replacement, and what's next for the catholic church. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. we begin with a bombshell greeting 1 billion catholics around the world. their spiritual leader, pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. we're bringing you all the angles of this developing story. joining me now for this hour's special coverage, chris cuomo, he's in new york. >> good morning, carol. great to joining here. >>> shocking news because this simply hasn't been done. it's been almost 600 years since a pope resigned. it was gregory xii. it was to end the civil war. the question becomes why is pope benedict doing this now? we're going to get reaction first because no one saw this coming, certainly in this country. let's start off our coverage with deb feyerick in st. patrick's cathedral in new york city, the center of the american catholic tradition here. deb, what are you hearing this morning? what a shocker. >> reporter: it's fascinating because the resignation to
for just another money for 1.2 billion catholics across the globe. pope benedict xvi stunned virtually everyone announcing he will step down at the end of the month. in the catholic church, that sets off an elaborate and spiritual effort to fill one of the most prestigious jobs in the world. senior foreign affairs correspondent amy kellogg begins our coverage from rome. >> reporter: even to many insiders the announcement came at a shock. pope benedict said he no longer has the strength to lead the roman catholic church as it needs to be guided and he will step down on february 28. >> he is loved for the church such that he has concluded it will be better not to try to lead the huge flock. without the full strength. we pray for him. we pray for the church. >> i have always admired him as a scholar and priest and holy man. now the admiration for him is higher because of the humility. >> cardinal was the oldest to be chosen as pope. he had a tough act to follow in the wake of global adoration enjoyed by his predecessor, pope john paul ii. he rose to the occasion, travelling abroad, two do
for something the church has not experienced since the middle ages, pope benedict going through the final motions before stepping down as leader of the catholic church. here he is earlier this morning appearing before an assembly of the world's cardinals. the pope met with each of them individually for just a minute or two. and it will now be up to many of these men to choose his successor. it's an almost unprecedented challenge to an ancient religion grappling with the turmoil and scandal that's dogged benedict's reign. >> translator: during eight years we have lived with faith, marvelous moments in the history of the church and also times when the world is covered by dark clouds. >> there is no time frame for electing the next pope, but here's how benedict's leadership will end, next hour the pope leaves the vatican his home and will fly to his summer residence at castell gandolfo, at 2:00 eastern his reign ends and the catholic church faces its challenges without an official leader. we're following all the latest on this story of intrigue and uncertainty. senior international correspon
>>> breaking news we have been telling you about. pope benedict xvi resigning february 28th. he is citing ill health. and uncertainty what that ill health will be. we're trying to get more details. unprecedented. >> hasn't happened in 600 years. so many questions. so much now that needs to happen with electing the new pope. we'll bring you the information coming up on "starting point" a few seconds from now. that's "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm sfwlor azoraida sambolin. "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. >>> we begin with breaking news. pope benedict xvi resigning. age and fatigue are the reasons behind his resignation. here is what the statement reads in part "both strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." this tweet came from the pope's account 23 hours ago. we must trust in the mitty power of god's mercy. we are all sinners, but his grace transforms us and makes us new. this woul
in modern times think resignation is acceptable or not. pope benedict said, in fact, made it very clear that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expect the pope to do when he would say his pope is deteriorating. the pope has looked deep into his conscience, this is a personal and profound decision that he has made with god in light of the responsibilities he has. and the other thing we heard from the papal spokesperson, which is interesting, becau
, breaking news. pope benedict is abdicating, something a pope has not done in over 700 years of the the vatican saying this has nothing to do with outside pressures. [ speaking foreign language ] >> as you hear there, the pope speaking in latin to a meeting of vatican cardinals saying he will step down effective as the leader of the world's -- the 85-year-old pontiff saying his strength is no longer adequate. this news took fearly everyone by surprise, including the archbishop of new york, cardinal dolan. >> i'm as startled as the rest of you and anxious to find out exactly what's going on. >>> other reactions italy's prime minister saying he's greatly shaken by the unexpected news. >>> and british prime minister david cameron said he will be missed as a spiritual leader for millions. >>> and from angela merkel -- he had to make a difficult decision. just some of the reaction that's coming in today. joining mess is rome bureau chief claudio lavagna, and george weigel from washington. claudio, i want to start with you. we have part of the pope's statement. in it he said that b
. today, stunning news from the vatican. i wonder if god was surprised to learn pope benedict is stepping down. >>> i'm s.e. cupp. millions of americans captivated by the search of a successor. the picking a new pontiff. >>> i'm steve kornacki. president obama has tossed out the old olive branch. coming up, a man who himself helped write four state of the union addresses explains who us how it takes shape. >>> i'm krysa tal. should the president go big by thinking small? it's monday and you're in "the cycle." >>> after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine ministry and the pope abdicated with only eight years on st. peter's throne shocking the 1 billion catholic faithful around the world. the's not a papal abdication in more than 700 years and surprised the close est adviser today. he's a theological conservative with strong positions against homosexuality, women priests and the use of contraceptives. the last day in the vatican is february 28th.
of reaction to the announcement of pope benedict xvi that he is resigning. first of all, look at how he -- well, he abdicated rather than resigning. let's see how. he did that during a low-key affair this morning the vatican meeting with cardinals. wasn't a big deal and he said -- his speech made it in latin. not italian or english or a comprehensible language to most people and it was down to somebody from a local press office, local wire agency to actually figure out that he actually said, well look, i'm going to abdicate. even the way that he resigned or -- sorry. abdicated was kind of low key and he did it as he's done the -- as he's leaved his pontificate all along. low key, suited with the personality. so different from john paul ii who was this media savvy loved pope that loved to come out and do big speech and address the big crowds so the pope is kind of going away and stepping aside in a very low key manner as he leaves the whole of his upon tir kate. shocking but not unexpected hinting in the past that a pope is -- if he doesn't feel the strength to carry on, he should resign
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the final brief appearance there. and the final end to the benedict papacy comes four hours from now when the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosin
the predecessor to pope benedict, and now a media outlet who some believe play a role in why pope benedict is stepping down. his last day is thursday after which the college of cardinals will gather to choose a new pope. they'll be accompanied by open, loud controversy. today, we learned the archbishop of scotland will be stepping down after allegations he made unwanted sexual advances to priests in training. cardinal roger mahony also of los angeles will be part of the conclave despite damming new revelations of his handling of pedophile priests over the year. victims and others say mahony shouldn't be part of cardinals choosing a new pope, but in addition to those two scandals, there are those explosive allegations about what may have been going on behind the scenes in vatican city. >> reporter: i will not abandon the church, benedict told the faithful in st. peter's square sunday, to the tens of thousands who listened and applauded, it was a sentimental farewell. but to investigative newspaper journalist, who has delved into alleged wrong doing at the vatican, benedict's words carried d
. there is a string of child sex abuse scandals surrounding some of those who will choose a successor to pope benedict and now a surprising allegations against a top british cardinal that some media outlets believe play some role in why the pope is stepping down, the first pope in nearly 600 years to do so. pope benedict's last day is thursday after which the college of cardinals will meet to pick a new pope. as always they gather in secrecy and this time it is accompanied by open, loud controversy. today we learned the arch beneficiary off of scotland is stepping down after allegations he made unmented sexual advances allegedly to priests in training. he was supposed to be part of the conclave and now he will not be. cardinal roger ma money i will be part of the conclave despite allegations of about his handles and victims say he should not be part of the group of cardinals saying it sends a terrible message. in addition to those two scandals there are explosive allegations about what may have been going on behind the scenes in vatican city. more on that now from ben wedeman. >> i will not abandon th
. >> new identity. more work tomorrow. >> thanks. c "cnn newsroom" continues after this. >>> pope benedict xvi last week at the vatican, no short of drama, of course. a cardinal from scott atlanta now resigning over inappropriate behavior. >>> and the reports of blackmail, sex parties and abuse. >>> they were out sailing but their boat reportedly sank. four people, including two young children, are missing. the search off the coast of california. >>> and he is now back in the spotlight. notre dame linebacker manti te'o, he's asking nfl teams, judge his skills, not his personal life. this is "cnn newsroom," i'm suzanne malveaux. >>> 35 million americans dealing with a crippling blizzard, a winter storm from colorado to texas. second major storm to hammer the region in a week. so, this is what it looks like. in is amarillo, texas, whiteout conditions now closing roads, even forcing the state to pull its snowplows off the roads. emergency crews having some trouble actually reaching stranded drivers. in wichita, texas -- kansas, rather, schools are closed for a third day. parts of the city cou
in the heartland. >>> final blessing. the enormous crowd to hear pope benedict deliver his last public words of prayer. this as more cardinals are asked today to skip the election of a new pope. >>> and the academy awards, the show stopping finale. the brand new host. >> the biggest challenge is going to be getting there on time. i think it starts at 5:30. >> and meet the only two people on earth who already know who the winners are. >> good evening, everyone. thank you so much for joining us on this spd night. i'm paula faris. davis mur is on assignment. we begin with the dramatic start to the nascar season. the stadium packed with 167,000 fans for the celebrated daytona 500 today. they were there to watch jimmie johnson cross the finish line and take the season's first prize. but in the back of their minds, there were these images of the terrifying end to yesterday's preliminary race. a spin-out involving a dozen cars. one mangled car smashing into the fence and breaking into pieces. some pieces striking fans and injuring 28 people. after a frantic night repairing all of that damage, today
minutes past the hour. and now pope benedict xvi's stunning announcement that he'll be stepping down we have an idea when a new pope will take the reins. jim bittermann explains. >> reporter: since no pope has resigned in six centuries, there's very little precedent for what will happen at the vatican, but there are a few hints. the papal spokesman announced that there'll be a new pope by easter. easter is the 31st of march, so the 118 members will have to get through that. the spokesman also said the college of cardinals will not convene while the pope is still? office. so that means the popes will not go into conclave before he steps down. the election process itself could be quite short. with jet travel it no longer takes weeks for cardinals to gather. in fact third quarter could arrive early in march. what will be missing is the period of mourning and reflection that takes place when a pope dies. it is still an open question whether the cardinals will immediately fwaer and go sbieng the conclave or take a few days to get into the mood for electing a pope. also unclear is whether wit
benedict xvi no longer is the leader of the 1.2 billion roman catholics. his resignation the first of any pope in nearly 600 years took effect a couple hours ago. christiane amanpour is joining us. benedict ended his reign a couple of hours ago. what's it like now? what's the mood there? >> reporter: well, listen, i think people are taking it in stock and moving forward but i must say a couple of hours ago when 2:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. local, the swiss guard, the traditional guard that protects the pope walked inside, closed the doors when he was at castel go gandolfo and you got that sense of finality t, it's been very dramatic when he flew in his helicopter, landed there, came out on the balcony of the summer residence and told people, i am no longer pope today. i am just a pilgrim. all of a sudden the emotion and enormity of what happened, because it's a precedent-setting event, all of that set in and you saw the pope look almost -- i don't know. almost relieved when he gave his last blessing. having looked very tired in morning in his meeting with the cardinals and yesterday durin
point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. pope benedict and his final public farewell. 1.2 billion catholics, making his last public appearance in st. peter's square, telling tens of thousands of followers his decision to step down comes with a deep peace of mind. >> translator: i have taken this step in full awareness of the gravity, seriousness and a profound serenity in my soul. >> chief international correspondent christiane amanpour joins us live from rome this morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. pilgrims streaming out of st. peter's square behind me, where they gathered several hours ago for the final public audience by pope benedict xvi. he did something rather unprecedented for these what are weekly audiences. he toured around the square in his pope mobile and tens of thousands of people inside the square got a first-hand look at him. lots of waving, lots of cheering, and he delivered his blessing and talked about what it maend to take the step, you just heard him say he understood the enormity of this, the gravity of it, and the novelty of it, this is in
today. pope benedict making his first appearance since his resignation announcement. amid the sacred celebration of ash wednesday. there was a kind of rumbling in rome, a kind of aftershock and abc's dan harris is at the vatican to tell us more. >> reporter: on this ash wednesday, at his last public mass, pope benedict received a rare, rapturous standing ovation. earlier in the day, at a public ceremony, a similar reception, with cheers and tears. benedict was visibly moved. how was the atmosphere in the room? >> electric. solemn and electric at the same time. >> i almost cried. honestly, it was wonderful. >> reporter: beneath the applause, though, there are thorny questions swirling. we were struck by the fact that the pope said again today that he was resigning of his own free will. there's been a real emphasis on pointing out that the pope made this decision of his own volition. and was not pushed. why? >> why is that? because italians love conspiracy theories. >> reporter: he's not kidding. the local papers here read like a dan brown novel, teeming with unsubstantiated talk of be
that pope benedict xvi would step down at the end of the month. only a handful of popes have renounced their office. pope benedict xvi is the first to resign in 600 years. when benedict became the pope in 2005 he was 78 years old. now at 85 age seems to be the reason for his resignation. speaking in latin on monday the pope said quote after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god i have dome the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine. benedict's successor faces several challenges both in the u.s. and around the world. seminary enrollment in the u.s. has fallen at a staggering rate also in europe. church attendance is down. the church's center of gravity has moved to africa and the church works through the legacy of widespread cover-up of rape by priests a cover-up that revealed institutional failures. given all this how exactly should we judge pope benedict's brief papacy and what's next for the world's largest and oldest institutions. i have to say, i was raised in the church, i was baptized in the chu
responded to that in a remarkable way. benedict xvi thought it wouldn't play out that way and he was not going to hold the stage simply to hold the stage. he was going to make a humble act of acceptance of what he believes is god's will. >> is he making the decision about when the conclave will start? there are a lot of people who will wait the 15 days. normally it would be a period of mourning, but the pope has not died. >> i find this frankly ratherer puzzling myself. i'm told the decision was made by the dean of the college of cardinals and the guy who runs the church, if you will. it does seem to me to be rather a long time to wait to enclose the conclave. we have already had the three-week period before the pope officially steps down. >> it does seem like there a lot of decisions yet to be made. we were talking about the fact we know the pope is going to go for a short time. then literally straight down the street at the vatican, there's what is essentially a monetary and we're just learning that they have been doing some fix-it-up construction work since this summer. >> i w
at the media for reporting on the controversy. he's tweeting a lot about it, about pope benedict's final general audience tomorrow. he's tweeting about the nice climate in rome, mid-50s he says during the day, upper 30s at night. great holy spirit weather, he says. he's tweeting and blogging about how unfair people are being to him. bear in mind this is a man who until late last month was stripped of all public duties after being revealed in church documents as someone who protected sexual predators. in a moment we'll talk to an abuse survivor and first casey wian with more on the controversy. >> reporter: members of a nationwide group of reform-minded catholics gathered outside the home church of retired cardinal roger mahoney. >> i would respectfully ask that you deliver this petition on to cardinal mahoney, that he recuse himself from the papal conclave. >> reporter: nearly 10,000 signatures pleading with the disgraced head of the roman archdiocese not to vote for the next pope. >> his participation in the conclave would only bring clouds of shame in a time that should bring springs o
, soledad. breaking news as pope benedict xvi entering his final days as leader of the catholic church, britain's top cardinal, keith o'brien stepping down. this following accusations that o'brien abused young men studying for the priest hood and amid italian media reports that the pope is stepping down due to a vatican involving priests and male prostitutes. becky anderson is live with more. good morning, becky. >> they say a week is a long time in politics, but an hour is a long time in politic there. there is a news briefing going on for journalists as we speak. i'll get you as many of the lines out of that as i can. bombshells coming sort of right, left and scepter this morning out of vatican. let's start with that breaking news on the top brit tissue cardinal. cardinal keith o'brien who has resigned. the pop has declared that today. we are told he talked about his resignation to the pope back in november. he was of ailing health and at 75 he thought he should go. but his resignation hasn't been announced, nor was it going to be until his birthdate on march 15th. as of today, the t
. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> it shocked the world. i don't think i'm exaggerating when i say that pope benedict shocked the world announcing his resign that is. the last was pope gregory the 12th before the cubs won their last world series. he said he no longer that the mental and physical strength to carry out his responsibilities approximately many believe there is more to the story. this pope has been incredibly difficult vicive, many say complicit in covering up the church's sexual abuse scandal. he opposed homosexuality doesn't believe women should ever become priests and is against modern medicine, including stem cell research. many moidores were angered when the vatican attacked american nuns. >> john fugelsang host of viewpoint's father was a franciscan monk before marrying a nun. >> the pope has been a part of your life i'm guessing since you were a small boy. you had to be surprised today. >> i was completely shocked. i was up very early doing an appearance on bill press's show here and his producer told me about it. i never would have seen this coming. he has been pope for a long time. many
danica patrick do something that truly is a first. and pope benedict xvi takes one of his last opportunities to connect with the masses. and what a welcome he gets. >> st. peters square, erupting in cheers, and their spiritual leaders during one of the most cherished traditions of the catholic church. pope benedict xvi's message to the faithful following his historic time to resign. after accusations this man got physical on board a plane because a child was crying. >> i pushed him away and that's when he-- >> and how this man is claiming the child is suffering as a result. >> and they are called the bravest for a reason. >> what we're now learning about the firefighters that battled this inferno. i'm harris falkner, we begin tonight with an emotional day in rome. pope benedict xvi making his first public appearance since shocking catholics around the world with his decision to retire at the end of the month. the pope speak to go a crowd estimated at 100,000 people in st. peter's square. and the pontiff's voice strong, blessing worshippers in the square and beyond and thanking
an outpouring of love and admiration for the retiring pontiff. pope benedict xvi, sunday's final blessing as leader of 1.2 billion catholics, and worshippers packing st. peter's square as they prepare for the transition. in the next minute, the pontiff's word to the world. and a bombshell admission from the family of blade runner oscar pistorius, he's up on murder charges and now a family member facing charges for the death of a different woman. fox reports, the new developments on the legal firestorm surrounding the olympic star. and this bartender fired for trying to do what she says was the right thing. >> and simply had a very drunk person leaving the bar, he's going to kill someone. but she lost her job anyway. why? >> i'm harris falkner, first tonight on the fox report, the great american race. the daytona 500 is in the record books. the day began with a series of firsts for nascar racing and ended with a familiar name-- >> for the second time the daytona 500 goes to jimmie johnson, five-time champion. >> harris: jimmie johnson and danica patrick was third entering the final lap, bu
and apple. >> less than a week until pope benedict 16 steps down. those who will choose the next pope are coming under scrutiny. we have the unfolding drama from anne thompson in rome. >> reporter: good morning, alex. pope benedict is back at work and appointed new bishops for mexico and at the valt ctican, are readying for huge crowds for final public events. in the meantime, many unanswered questions about the historic transition, such as who will lead the church? a week before pope benedict retires and there is still no clear front-runner to can you seed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's greg farruous cardinal timothy dolan. >> i will get anything to get you guys to church. >> reporter: praise in catholic circles to his perno apersona ad h h fightback on the obama plan for contracepti contraception. >> he's a known quantity and man of integrity. known as someone who can communicate the catholic faith positively. >> reporter: here in rome, another cardinal, roger mahoney, retired archbishop of los angeles is under fire for his role for moving and shielding priests. maho
. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. he septa letter to the cardinals saying, take this job and shove it. actually, he didn't do that. but he is resigning. good morning, everybody. wow. man. i am having a hard time digesting that. i never heard of a pope resigning before. but anyhow, we will talk about that and a whole lot more. good to see you today. welcome. welcome to the "full-court press" here on current tv. and on your local progressive talk radio station and this hour only. i don't know. ask them. i can't tell you. on this hour only, why it's on sirius xm. good to see you today. hope you had a great weekend. ready to tackle the big stories of the day as we go into this week's state of the union week. president obama poised to deliver his state of the union address tomorrow night to a joint session of congress, and then he goes on the road to sell his ideas and to sell his program to the american people. on wednesday he will be down in asheville, with our good friends down there at 880. the revolution on tuesday i'm sorry, t
emotional hearing later on in the show. >>> meantime, pope benedict got pretty personal and emotional in his public farewell today before tens of thousands packed into st. peters square. look at this. he said the catholic church is passing through stormy seas and said his tenure had difficult times. went to quote him, the lord seemed to sleep. pope benedict said he suffered over his decision to resign which will take effect tomorrow. >> i will continue to accompany the church with my prayers and i ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> he left his glass-topped popemobile waving to the cheering crowd, kissing some babies. it was an unusually candid speech from a pope often considered aloof and reserved. our chief international correspondent and anchor christiane amanpour joins me live from rome. christiane, were you surprised by pope benedict's personal message? >> reporter: well, yes, because a lot of people had said he would say prayers and perhaps he might have a little bit of a personal message interspersed because this would be his final general audience. but in fact, th
scandal jolting the vatican and the final days of pope benedict's rule. this morning the vatican says he has accepted the resignation of scotland's archbishop. cardinal keith o'brien has been dogged by accusations he abused four men in the 1980s, all of those men studying to become priest. this as pope benedict delivered his final public prayer ceremony and accusation that a scandal may have prompted the first papal resignation in 600 years. cnn's ben wedeman looks at the explosive claims thundering through the vatican. >> reporter: reports broke in two leading italian publications suggests his reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports, the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrongdoing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict on december 17th last year. the report suggests that serious improprieties within the vatican amounted to violations of sixth and seventh commandments, thou shalt not steal and thou shalt
with advanced stain blocking, only at the home depot, and only $31.98 a gallon. >>> this week, pope benedict the xvith shocked the world with the announcement that on february 28th, he is going to become the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to step down as the leader of the catholic church. pope benedict's resignation c n coincides with the beginning of lent, the 40-day period of self-denial and repentance in which the catholics reflect on the teachings of christ. the pope will be replaced by the end of lent, and no later than easter sunday, so it is important that the cardinals tasked with finding a new pope and leader of faith. my next letter going to the pope. dear, cardinals, it is me, melissa. i remember being taught by a priest from south africa and i sat alongside people from south africa and i remember lay women from the north side of chicago and then i appreciated the global inclusiveness of the church and despite the differences we shared a genuine engagement of catholicism for social change. as you know, catholicism goes beyond those who hold the reins in vatican city, and the g
. >>> a huge turnout at the vatican today as pope benedict blessed the faithful overlooking st. peter's square. cardinals will vote for a successor. now we may see white smoke rising from the sistine chapel earlier than expected. >> reporter: alex, 50,000 people came to hear the pope. double the size from last week. this is the first pope in modern history to resign the post. he spoke in six languages and thanking them for prayers and support and adding in his german, that these were difficult days. the crowd in turn responded with respect and affection. in rome, where there is no shortage of must-see attractions, suddenly pope benedict is the main stay. this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit from his last public mass on ash wednesday turned churchgoers into paparazzi. the season of lent is now a celebration of the 85-year-old pontiff. the hottest ticket in town benedict's final audience on february 27th, the day before he steps down. 35,000 people have already requested free tickets says the vatican. but this extraordinary step creates an extraordinary problem. the church will have tw
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